Argentina Ex-president Charged With Obstructing Jewish Center Bombing Probe

85 people were killed and 300 wounded in the 1994 attack on the Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Former Argentine President Carlos Menem has been charged with obstructing the investigation into the 1994 bombing attack on the Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, the French news agency AFP reported Thursday.

During the attack on the Jewish center, 85 people were killed and 300 were wounded.

Menem, 79, served as president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999. In March he attended a court hearing over his alleged involvement in the obstruction of the investigation, but refused to cooperate with the investigators.

Menem has also been indicted for selling weapons to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s, when both countries were involved in wars.

Eighteen months ago, the Argentine prosecution sought an arrest warrant against Menem over his interference in the investigation into the attack on the Jewish center building. At the time, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman also requested that Menem's immunity be revoked.

The prosecution had also requested arrest warrants for five people who served under Menem during his presidency. "We have uncovered a plan that was implemented on the highest political level in the 90s - to cover up and give immunity to one of the people who, as it turns out, was one of the main suspects in the local conspiracy," said Nisman, noting that the cover-up included a complete cessation of the investigation.